March 14, 2018 / 1:23 PM / 9 months ago

May calls on allies to act on Russian chemical programme

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street, in London, March 13, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - A nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy raises broader questions about Russia’s illegal use of chemical weapons, and Britain’s allies should respond appropriately, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday.

Britain said that Russia was culpable for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury. Russia denies involvement.

“While we rightly, initially focus on the use of this nerve agent here in the UK and its impact on us here in the UK, this is about the illegal use of chemical weapons by the Russian state,” May told parliament.

“It is about an illegal programme to develop those chemical weapons by the Russian state, and we will leave no stone unturned in order to work with our allies to ensure that we respond appropriately to that.”

Reporting by Costas Pitas, writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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